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“I sámifize it...” : Preschool in the Centre of South Sámi Language and Culture Learning in Norway (2022)

Harju-Luukkainen, H., Berg, K., & Kolberg, A. (2022). “I sámifize it...” : Preschool in the Centre of South Sámi Language and Culture Learning in Norway. International Research in Early Childhood Education, 11(2), 65-79. https://doi.org/10.26180/19130828.v1

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All authors or editors: Harju-Luukkainen, Heidi; Berg, Karianne; Kolberg, Asbjørn

Journal or series: International Research in Early Childhood Education

eISSN: 1838-0689

Publication year: 2022

Publication date: 07/02/2022

Volume: 11

Issue number: 2

Pages range: 65-79

Publisher: Monash University Faculty of Education

Publication country: Australia

Publication language: English

DOI: https://doi.org/10.26180/19130828.v1

Publication open access: Openly available

Publication channel open access: Open Access channel

Publication is parallel published (JYX): https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/81986


For an Indigenous population, there is a need for an inclusive educational space from the language and culture srevitalisation perspective. This is especially important during the early years when the basics of the language are formed alongside cultural knowledge. This paper takes a closer look at a South Sami preschool language learning environment through the lenses of teachers. The South Sami (South Saami) is the southernmost Sami population, frequently described as a minority within the minority. The estimation for South Sami speakers in Norway is around 300, making the language severely endangered This paper aims to take a closer look at how early childhood education teachers describe the South Sami language learning space in their preschool environment. For this study, in total, three preschool teachers from a South Sami preschool were interviewed. This textual data were analysed with content analysis. According to the results, the early childhood education in South Sami context was seen as an important inclusive language and culture srevitalising space with a clear societal responsibility.

Keywords: language learning; minority languages; language revival; indigenous peoples; indigenous languages; Sámi languages; Southern Sami language; Sami culture; early childhood education and care; preschool

Free keywords: Sámi; indgenious; education; language learning; culture

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Reporting Year: 2022

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